Tag: forensics

Can You Tell Which Skull Is Which?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | Tags: ,

A recent study from NC State forensic anthropologists found that even forensic experts have a hard time making a positive identification of human remains based on the shape of a person’s skull. Specifically, only 56 percent of forensic anthropology Ph.D.s (the bone experts) could correctly match two images of the same skull, based solely on

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Face-to-Face: Skull Study Shows Variation of Pre-Columbian Cultures in Mexico

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 | Tags: ,

A new analysis of the skulls of prehistoric peoples in Mexico reveals significant regional variation in the facial characteristics of indigenous populations – indicating that there were notable physical differences between geographically separate groups before the arrival of Europeans. “There has long been a school of thought that there was little physical variation prior to

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Cretaceous Cold Case #2, Part 1: It’s a Trap?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 | Tags: , ,

This is part one of the second post in a series called “Cretaceous Cold Cases” in which the science of taphonomy, or prehistoric forensics, is explained  using fascinating cases from the files of Terry “Bucky” Gates, a research scientist with a joint appointment at NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Part

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A Guided Tour Of The Bone Lab – Or, Forensic Anthro 101

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Last week, NC State hosted the ScienceOnline2012 conference, bringing together a wide variety of people with an interest in communicating about science. During the conference, I had the opportunity to lead a small group of attendees on a tour of the forensic anthropology labs at NC State. The folks on the tour really enjoyed it,

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Advances In Forensic Anthropology: Creating A Face

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 | Tags: , ,

Note: This is the third of three posts outlining recent technological advances in forensic science, which were the focus of a workshop held earlier this month at NC State. The workshop, Advances In Forensic Anthropology, was funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and organized by the National Forensic Science Technology Center. When trying

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